Our greatest strength is our cultural diversity: our differences enrich our lives in a huge variety of ways and provide opportunities in commerce, the arts, in entertainment to develop our society and our economy. Unfortunately, this diversity is not always recognised in a positive way and in consequence many of the opportunities that could be afforded are missed.
This programme aims to bring to a wider societal level the wealth of contributions brought to us by and through our ethnic communities. Partly to aid understanding and thus tolerance but mainly to help us all appreciate better what these communities add to our lives.
We are inviting young people (under 25!) to bring out what they consider to be the very best of their communities. Culture is a broad concept so participants will be able to focus on whichever aspect of their culture interests them the most: food, music, art, literature, poetry, dance, fashion, language…… the medium they will be able to use include film making and photography, sound recordings. Participants will receive initial training in the use of the equipment as well as in the essence of story-telling and documentary film making in those different media. They will also receive on-going technical support and mentoring throughout the programme.
At the end of the three week programme there will be a public event to pull together the creative work produced- a photographic exhibition, documentary ‘shorts’, a digital book on the community of interest. Participants will be expected to help put this event together. The goal of the event will be to draw attention to the contributions made by ethnic communities to broader society and invited will be ordinary people along with politicians, activists, media both regional and national. Participants will also be expected to help develop platforms, probably web based, through which their work and effort can be built upon.
Beyond the event, participants will have four options, should they decide to get further involved: 1. To take a two month Certificate qualification in either Photography, Film Making or Graphic Design. With this there will be opportunities in their chosen rea on volunteer programmes around the world. 2. To go into vocational learning in the creative sphere at either FE or HE level. 3. To gain further work experience within the creative industries. 4. To go into self-employment with possible funding from such as UnLtd- we will provide necessary support in entrepreneurial skills.